If you have read a mere median of 10 posts from me, you probably know how much I love Famer’s Markets. Not only do they showcase the freshest ingredients money (or bribery) can buy, but they are a slough of culinary inspiration. And fun with free samples.
My day was brought to an ultimate height today when I stumbled upon RX Missionary Chocolates at the Moreland Farmer’s Market in Portland. An energetic chap, who I later found to be named Josh, was carving away at plump chocolate truffles. While I curiousity-kills-the-cat passed by trying not to be noticed, a thick slice of confection inched its way in front of my face.
“Does it have nuts?” I asked.
“Lavender sea salt,” he replies.
“Great. But does it have nuts?”
“No,” he smiles.
These little morsels of chocolate heaven in human-available form are some of the most scrumptious truffles I have had… and we’re talking Paris, and all over. I am astonished they are both dairy and gluten-free. One of them, in particular, actually blew my mind, a bit. The Meyer Lemon Truffle. I guess the excitement on my face was hard to hide, as Josh, bless his soul, gave me one for free. DAY=MADE.
And now I sit in my backyard, sipping on a glass of French Cabernet Franc, eating an appetizer salad of radicchio and goat cheese, waiting while I roast the squash that my co-worker gave me from his mother’s garden. There are times to be primarily humble, and there are times to be outwardly appreciative. I think that this past hour merits the latter of the two.
So I may as well share:
Tarragon Roasted Yellow Squash
1 yellow summer squash*, thickly diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. dried basil
1 1/2 tsp. dried tarragon
3 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
Preparation time: 3 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss all ingredients in a baking pan until coated, evenly. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until squash is caramelized, but not blackened. Remove, and serve with your favorite protein.
*can use any squash desired. Cooking times may vary by 15 minutes, so check on your oven to make sure it is cooked to just caramelized.